Why did you do that?” he asked roughly, when he was able to speak. “Why did you knock me off balance like that?” “You know why,” she said softly, brushing back a strand of loose dark hair from his broad forehead. “You needed me.” He lifted his head and looked down at them. “It was supposed to be a punishment!” She lifted both eyebrows and smiled a little wickedly. “Was it really? I didn’t notice. Do it again,” she whispered boldly, “and I’ll try to look chastised.” She always could knock him off balance when no one else could touch him. But this was too solemn for humor. He was still bristling with what he’d learned and her part in it. Besides that, he hated having her know how helpless he was with her. He’d come to tell her he didn’t want such a woman in his life, a woman who’d lie to him. It had been pure fantasy to think he could get within five feet of her after weeks of abstinence and talk rationally. He ached for her even now, when he was satiated. His pride gnawed at him. He pulled away from her without meeting her eyes and got to his feet. He didn’t even look at her while he rearranged his clothing with vague shame and a lot of guilt. She got up from the floor gracefully, glad that the cleaning woman had done such a good job, and rearranged and dusted off her own clothing. It had been an exciting little interlude, and if he’d known that she suspected that she was pregnant-which she did-she supposed it would have been the last straw for him. He’d had quite enough shocks already. “I can’t believe I did that,” he said almost to himself. He turned on her, furious. “I can’t believe you let me do that! On the damned rug! Have you no pride, no shame?” She leaned back against her desk with a weary but satisfied sigh. “I guess not. We both know I’d crawl to you over broken glass to do anything you liked,” she said simply. “Why should you be shocked at what just happened?” He glared at her. “You wouldn’t move in with me because I wouldn’t marry you. But now that I know I’m half white, you think I might be in the market for a white wife. So you seduce me on your office floor to show me what I could have if I gave you a ring. Is that how you see it?
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